“We haven’t had many close games this year,” third-year George Mason varsity girls lacrosse coach Courtney Gibbons said after her unbeaten squad stomped Pototmac Falls 16-5 last week
The Mustangs, who went 9-5 last year, have outscored their opponents 188-77 so far this season, and have only played three games thus far which were decided by four goals or less.
When Gibbons took over the team, she started “focusing on stick skills right from the beginning,” she said. “Now that we’ve got that down, we can move on to other things, like running plays. We have a lot of seniors, and they’ve been working so hard for the past three years. They’re very coachable, we’re playing as a team and we have leadership all over the field. And we’re dominating the ball all over the field. We have a lot of great midfielders and defenders, like our seniors Chelsea Wilkes and Chantal Thomas, who don’t show up in the lists of goals and assists, but they’re gaining us possessions and winning the draws.”
The 12-0 team won four games last week, topping Loudon County 10-7 on April 28 and routing Potomac Falls 16-5 on April 29, Wakefield 20-1 on April 30 and Dominion 19-5 on May 3. Senior center Gwen Edwards tallied 18 goals over the four games, junior defender/midfielder Abby Johansen added 15 and senior attack Taylor Bottock had 10.
The team will look to finish the regular season 13-0 when their campaign wraps up today with an away contest against Briar Woods High. The Mustangs will start playoff competition the following week.